Study IDs Ways to Encourage ‘Refuge’ Planting, Slowing Resistance to Bt Crops

by Matt Shipman, North Carolina State University

A new study from North Carolina State University finds a significant shortfall in the amount of “refuge” cropland being planted in North Carolina – likely increasing the rate at which crop pests will evolve the ability to safely devour genetically engineered Bt crops. However, the study also identified actions that may make farmers more likely to plant refuge crops in the future.

For about 20 years, growers have made use of Bt crops to limit crop damage from pests. Bt crops, including corn, are genetically engineered to produce proteins from the Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) bacterium. These proteins are harmless to vertebrates, but toxic to a specific class of invertebrate crop pests. Continue reading

Laboratory Director – Riverside, CA

JOB TITLE: Laboratory Director

REPORTS TO: CRB President

CLASSIFICATION: Regular – 12 month, exempt, at-will

LOCATION: Jerry Dimitman Laboratory, Riverside, CA Continue reading

Four Forester 2 positions – Tennessee Dept. of Agriculture

The State of Tennessee, Department of Agriculture, Forestry Division is currently recruiting for highly qualified candidates to fill four Forester 2 positions.  In collaboration with the State of Tennessee, Department of Human Resources, The Department of Agriculture has announced four Forester 2 positions located in Overton, Franklin, Union and Henderson Counties.  

To see full job descriptions and apply, interested candidates must submit their application to http://www.tn.gov/hr and search positions under “Employment Opportunities”, “Preferred Service Job Openings” by job titles.   In addition, interested candidates may receive additional information by visiting “Professional Careers with the Tennessee Department of Forestry at http://www.tn.gov/agriculture/article/ag-forests-careers.

If you or someone you know may have an interest in applying, please feel free to forward this information.  The posting announcement begins April 5, 2017 and ends May 2, 2017.  Please contact Tammy.Lawrence@tn.gov for any additional information.

The State of Tennessee is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

AIARD Future Leaders Forum Applications Due April 12

The Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development (AIARD) administers a competitive fellowship program to nurture and provide partial financial support to students attending both: 1) the AIARD Annual Conference, and 2) the annual Future Leaders Forum in Washington, DC. Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to students who have a sincere interest in international agriculture and rural development issues and their solutions. These fellowships are intended to enhance the students’ understanding and appreciation of issues and opportunities in international agriculture and rural development.

Undergraduate or graduate students at U.S. universities, foreign and American are encouraged to apply. 

The application and additional information can be found at http://www.aiard.org/student-fellowship-application-2017.html. Applications are due April 12, 2017.